Page last updated November 26
With some areas of the parks still closed as a result of the KNP Complex Wildfire, expect open areas to be crowded with limited parking, especially on holiday weekends.
Partial Reopening of Sequoia National Park
The Foothills area of Sequoia National Park is open. You may travel between the Three Rivers, CA/Ash Mountain Entrance Station to the Hospital Rock Picnic Area, approximately six miles of Generals Highway. This area includes:
*The Middle Fork Trail is open for day use and overnight backpacking. Self-registration wilderness permits are available at Foothills Visitor Center, not at the trailhead. To reach the Middle Fork Trailhead, park at Hospital Rock and walk toward Buckeye Campground. Turn left at the junction with the road to the trailhead and walk uphill along the dirt road. Please enter and exit at trailheads only in open areas. Trailheads in the Mineral King and Lodgepole areas are closed.
Partial Reopening of Kings Canyon National Park
Grant Grove is open, and first-come, first-served camping is available at Azalea Campground. Cedar Grove is now closed for the season.
Lodging and restaurant in Grant Grove are currently closed.
Check our Map of Current Closures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for trip planning information. We're still finalizing the details about open areas in Sequoia National Park and the map may not reflect current closure information.
Check the weather before you come, and be prepared for snow and tire chain requirements in Grant Grove, especially after storms.
Wilderness Permits and Overnight Backpacking
Self-issue wilderness permits are available for areas overnight backpacking in areas that are open. Trails in the Lodgepole, Middle Fork, and Mineral King areas of Sequoia National Park remain closed. Wilderness travelers will not be able to exit via these trailheads.
Visiting Sequoia After the Fire
The diverse foothills area offers a large-scale view of fire effects. To see sequoia groves, visit Kings Canyon via Highway 180.
The KNP Complex Wildfire
The KNP Complex Fire was caused by a significant lightning storm on Thursday September 9, 2021. The parks are collaborating with neighboring agencies to suppress and contain the fire. The KNP Complex fires have been in full suppression since their discovery the morning following the lightning storm.
Neighboring US Forest Service Access and Closures
Some closures in Sequoia National Forest remain in effect. However, they will reopen portions of the Hume Lake Ranger District for public use on Tuesday, October 19, via Forest Order No. 0513-21-36. Some roads and trails will remain closed to protect public safety. The closure order will be in effect through December 31, 2021.
To promote the safety of visitors and staff, masks are required in all NPS buildings, on the Sequoia Shuttle, and while attending Crystal Cave tours, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also require in outdoor spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.
For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit a park if:
Information on Neighboring Public Lands
Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Reservations for day use ended on September 30, 2021.
Last updated: November 26, 2021